Selections from Leave Your Sleep

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Throughout her career, Natalie Merchant has thrived on exceeding her own expectations -- no matter where her Muses led or her critics forbade her to go. Her last album, 2003's The House Carpenter's Daughter, rooted in American and British Isles folk traditions, was a stepping stone for Leave Your Sleep. Where the former's songs were originals and covers, Leave Your Sleep marries them in sung poetry and original music from both American and Celtic traditions. Co-produced by Merchant and Andres Levin, this truncated single-disc version contains 16 of the 26 new songs on the double-disc one. It was recorded live in the studio. She used the poems of 19th and 20th century British...
See more details below
CD
$15.38
BN.com price
(Save 19%)$18.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (14) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $1.99   
  • Used (7) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Throughout her career, Natalie Merchant has thrived on exceeding her own expectations -- no matter where her Muses led or her critics forbade her to go. Her last album, 2003's The House Carpenter's Daughter, rooted in American and British Isles folk traditions, was a stepping stone for Leave Your Sleep. Where the former's songs were originals and covers, Leave Your Sleep marries them in sung poetry and original music from both American and Celtic traditions. Co-produced by Merchant and Andres Levin, this truncated single-disc version contains 16 of the 26 new songs on the double-disc one. It was recorded live in the studio. She used the poems of 19th and 20th century British and American writers as well as anonymous nursery rhymes and lullabies as source material and set them to original music. Among the authors on this volumes are are Ogden Nash, e.e. cummings, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Jack Prelutsky, Edward Causely and others. Poetry is but one part of the story, however. The music Merchant composed is from across the genre spectrum: New Orleans swing on "Bleezer's Ice Cream" (Prelutzky) and Nathalia Crane's "The Janitor's Boy" are performed by Merchant fronting the Wynton Marsalis Orchestra. For the Yiddish folk music on "Dancing Bear" (Albert Bigelow Paine) she sings with the Klezmatics. Mervyn Peake's "It Makes a Change" is performed with Medeski, Martin & Wood and a horn section. "If No One Ever Marries Me," (Laurence Alan-Tameda) is Appalachian backporch music with hammered dulcimer banjo, upright bass, and guitar. Through it all, of course, is that voice: Merchant's throaty trademark. It expresses itself emotionally, honestly, and precisely, without resorting to dramatic tropes to get meaning across. The album closes with Hopkins' contemplative, melancholy "Spring and Fall: To a Young Child," with a symphony orchestrated by Merchant and Sean O'Loughlin. It sends the set off much where it begins, illustrating poetry's ability to provide its own musical instruction, comfort, poignancy, and sense of wonder for the experience of everyday living. Merchant succeeds in spades here; all the research and discipline pays off handsomely. Leave Your Sleep is Merchant's most ambitious work, yet because of her welcoming voice, it still provides familiarity enough to gather listeners inside her soundworld.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2010
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597980431
  • Catalog Number: 522301
  • Sales rank: 14,150

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience - Lúnasa (5:12)
  2. 2 The Man In the Wilderness (3:44)
  3. 3 Equestrienne - Meridian Arts Ensemble (4:39)
  4. 4 The Dancing Bear (5:36)
  5. 5 Calico Pie (2:41)
  6. 6 The Janitor's Boy - Ditty Bops (3:52)
  7. 7 The Peppery Man - Hazmat Modine (5:05)
  8. 8 Topsyturvey-World (5:09)
  9. 9 Bleezer's Ice-Cream (5:17)
  10. 10 It Makes a Change - Medeski, Martin & Wood (3:30)
  11. 11 Adventures of Isabel (3:24)
  12. 12 The King of China's Daughter (2:39)
  13. 13 The Sleepy Giant (3:19)
  14. 14 If No One Ever Marries Me (2:21)
  15. 15 Maggie and Milly and Molly and May (4:07)
  16. 16 Spring and Fall: To a Young Child (3:05)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natalie Merchant Primary Artist
Bill Spence Hammered Dulcimer
John Roberts Concertina, Voices
Eddie Allen Trumpet
Sterling Campbell Drums
Greg Cohen Bass
Joseph Daley Tuba
Matt Darriau Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Karen Dreyfus Viola
Steve Elson Baritone Saxophone, B-Flat Clarinet
Isaac Freeman Vocals
Clark Gayton Trombone
Victor Goines Clarinet
Wycliffe Gordon Trombone
Lisa Gutkin Fiddle
Trevor Hutchinson Upright Bass
Judy Hyman Fiddle
Birch Johnson Tenor Trombone
Katell Keineg Vocals
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Dan Levine Tuba, Alto Horn, Bass Trombone
Frank London Trumpet, Alto Horn
Wynton Marsalis Trumpet
Larry McDonald Percussion
John Medeski Piano
Sandra Park Violin
Erik Ralske French Horn
Lorin Sklamberg Accordion
Paul Sutton Drums
Howard Wall French Horn
Joanne Williams Vocals
Billy Martin Drums
Amanda Barrett Vocals
Walter Blanding Saxophone
Lino Gomez Bass Clarinet
Sherry Sylar Oboe
Kevin Crawford Low Whistle
Joe Rice Vocals
Michael Leonhart Trumpet
Erik Della Penna Guitar
Benjamin Herrington Trombone
Marc Goldberg Bassoon
Sean Smyth Fiddle
Artis Wodehouse Pump Organ
Daniel Grabois Horn
Chris Wood Bass
Nina Stern Recorder, Chalumeau
Anne Lehmann Violin
Horace James Keyboards
Carlos Henríquez Bass
Eileen Moon Cello
Sharon Yamada Violin
Robert Rinehart Viola
Marc Friedman Bass
Phil Myers French Horn
Gabriel Gordon Guitar
Robert Hamlett Vocals
Cillian Vallely uillean pipes
Lisa Kim Violin
Deidre Rodman Harpsichord
Paul Meehan Acoustic Guitar
Jeremy McCoy Bass
George Flynn Bass Trombone
Gerald Johnson Saxophone
Doug Wamble Banjo, Guitar
Shan Jiang Violin
Brian McWhorter Trumpet
Blake Miller Accordion
Abby DeWald Vocals
Mark Murphy Upright Bass
Edward Hall Vocals
Uri Sharlin Accordion
Greg Heffernan Cello
Dan Nimmer Piano
Richie Barshay Snare Drums, Frame Drum, Poyk
Minyoung Baik Violin
Pete Smith Electric Guitar
Michael Gomez Dobro
Dan Aran Percussion, Drums
Mike Davis Tenor Trombone
Arnaud Sussmann Violin
Kimberly Miller Vocals
Michelle Baker French Horn
Gilad Harel Clarinet
Kyle Turner Tuba
Raymond G. Stewart Tuba
Jon Nelson Trumpet
Motomi Igarashi Viola Da Gamba
Ina Zdorovetchi Harp
William Barrett Chromatic Harmonica
Joseph Thompson Vocals
Paul Morrisset Bass Guitar, Baritone Horn
Erik Charlston Percussion
Pam Fleming Trumpet
Rich Huntley Drums
Sun Li Pipa
Wang Guo Wei Erhu
Weng Po Wei Dizi
Hoova Simpson Bass
Dieter Hennings Acoustic Guitar, Theorbo, Baroque Guitar
Andrew Bassford Guitar
Ali Jackson Drums
Matt Lehmann Violin
Richard Stearns Banjo
Technical Credits
Ogden Nash Composer, Text
Jack Prelutsky Composer, Text, Photo Courtesy
Stephen Barber Arranger, Orchestration, String Arrangements
Nick Brophy Engineer
Clark Gayton Horn Arrangements
Andres Levin Producer
Wynton Marsalis Arranger
Natalie Merchant Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration, String Arrangements, Introduction
Michael Leonhart Horn Arrangements
Paul Antonell Studio Manager
Mark Seliger Cover Photo
Robert C. Ludwig Mastering
e.e. cummings Composer, Text
Nick Wollage Engineer
Sarah Cullen Licensing
Carla Sacks Publicity
Mervyn Peake Composer, Text
Matthew Rankin Publicity
Charles Causley Composer, Text
Robert Edridge-Waks Editorial Manager
Sean O'Loughlin Orchestration, String Arrangements
Anne Harvey Photo Courtesy
Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration
Joseph Martin Kronheim Illustrations
David Rands Photo Courtesy
Nathalia Crane Composer, Text
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Leave your Sleep

    I have been a fan of Natalie Merchant since I first discovered her in 1990 ( a little late, I know) so when I saw this latest CD in Barnes and Noble I had to check it out! I listened to the sample tracks with the headphones and was intrigued enough to purchase it. I love this album! It is an amazing compilation of music. I only have 1 of the 2 Cd's that she produced in this set so can't speak for the other one yet...These poems set to music are so enchanting and whimsical, I will be singing them to myself and my grandchildren alike! The inner booklet is delightful, thank you Natalie!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews